Virginia: Tim Kaine Posts $4.5M Third-Quarter Haul

Former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine debates former Republican Sen. George Allen in their first televised debate for Virginia's Senate seat. The debate was hosted by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and NBC4 Washington at the Capital One Conference Center. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)
Former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine debates former Republican Sen. George Allen in their first televised debate for Virginia's Senate seat. The debate was hosted by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and NBC4 Washington at the Capital One Conference Center. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)
Posted October 4, 2012 at 8:42am

Updated 11:35 a.m. | Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) continued his fundraising dominance in the third quarter, raising a personal-best $4.5 million for his Senate bid.

According to a campaign release, Kaine has now raised “nearly $15 million total from more than 40,000 individual donors, including 10,000 new donors in the last six weeks.” His strong fundraising allowed the campaign to but an additional $3 million in television time for the final five weeks of the campaign, increasing his total fall buy to about $7.5 million. He still had $1 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30.

Former Gov. George Allen (R) has not yet released his third-quarter fundraising figures. Kaine has regularly outraised him during the past year and a half, as polls continued to show the race as a dead heat. However, a new independent poll out Wednesday found Kaine with a 5-point lead.

“Even in the face of more than $13 million in false ads run by outside groups, largely funded by secret money, supporters from all stripes have stood up and affirmed what we’ve known all along – grassroots support will be what wins this race,” Kaine Campaign Manager Mike Henry said in a statement.

Roll Call rates the race for the seat of retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D) as a Tossup.

Updated 11:35 a.m.

Allen announced later this morning raising nearly $3.5 million from July through September. He had about $2.6 million left in the bank. “We will continue to deliver our positive message for pro-job growth tax, regulatory, energy and education policies,” Allen said in a statement.